The Old and New Testament both emphasize self-sacrifice in the context of interpersonal relationships. In other words, if someone hurts or insults us, we do not have the right to violently retaliate. In fact, we are called to love them in return. “I suggest you can’t build those interpersonal relationships if you’re walking down an alley in New York and somebody attacks you and tries to beat you up or kill you,” says Dr. H. Wayne House, Author, Theologian and Bible Scholar. “Those are not the same kind of situations.” In Luke 22, Jesus tells the disciples to bring swords with them after the Last Supper. “They were not trying to work with interpersonal relationships there.”
Click here to read Luke 22:36-38.